Georgia Saxelby is an Australian-born, US-based installation artist who creates architectural fantasies. Her practice spans sculpture, video, performance, and audience participation: from inventing new decorations for old buildings, or new rituals for old monuments, from building a witch’s house that burns itself in mourning, to creating a twenty year time capsule within the Smithsonian archives that historicizes women’s protest histories. Saxelby aims to produce counter-histories and mythologies that antagonize architecture’s relationship to patriarchal systems and imagine different ways of knowing and seeing, always from a distinctly feminist lens.
Saxelby has been awarded the 2023-34 Pittsburgh Glass Center Artist Residency, the 2022 Australia Council for the Arts Individual Project Grant, 2021 Marten Bequest Scholarship, 2019 Samstag Scholarship, 2019 Australia Council of the Arts Career Development Grant and was a Finalist for the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship. Her work has exhibited internationally, including at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, The Phillips Collection, The American University Museum, The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building and the Australian Embassy, all in Washington D.C., Artspace, Sydney, the 2022 Sydney Biennale Art After Dark program, Sydney, and The Samstag Museum for the 2020 Adelaide Biennale. In 2017-18, Saxelby was an Artist in Residence at the art and social impact incubator, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, DC, where she developed her largest work to date, To Future Women, a multi-museum intervention in Washington, DC in the aftermath of the 2017 Women’s March. It created a 20 year time capsule of letters written by the public to the next generation of women to historisize the march’s anniversary and is currently occupying the Smithsonian Archives until 2037.